History professor Chuck Walker named to MacArthur Chair

History professor Charles “Chuck” Walker has been appointed to one of the UC system’s MacArthur Foundation Chairs. He’s been designated the holder of the MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in International Human Rights. Walker and another faculty member — to be announced at a later date — are the first MacArthur chair appointees at UC Davis.

Walker, director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, teaches courses on all aspects of Latin American history as well as natural disasters, truth commissions, social movements, and sports and empire.

He is a member of the coordinating committees of the UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas and the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative.

His most recent book deals with the Tupac Amaru Rebellion that began in the Spanish viceroyalty of Peru in 1780 and turned into the largest popular uprising in Spain’s imperial history.

Walker gives the rebellion “masterly treatment,” wrote London’s Financial Times in naming The Tupac Amaru Rebellion among the nine best history books of 2014. The book is soon to be published in Spanish in Peru.

Read more at UC Davis News Service.